2017 Austria Gold Prf €50 School of Psychotherapy (Sigmund Freud)

2017 Austria Gold Prf €50 School of Psychotherapy (Sigmund Freud)

The first coin in a new series from the Austrian Mint honoring the Schools of Psychotherapy features Sigmund Freud.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 0.25 oz of fine Gold.
  • Comes in a protective capsule and display box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Depicts a photo of Sigmund Freud taken in 1926 by Ferdinand Schmutzer along with the denomination and year.
  • Reverse: Illustrates the "will to pleasure", a central element in Freud’s work.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the Austrian government.

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Celebrating the pioneering schools of psychotherapy, the scientific discipline established in the Austrian capital in the 20th century, the enlightening three-coin series, Vienna Schools of Psychotherapy, gets underway in the shape of the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. His theories may be the subject of much discussion, but Freud was undoubtedly one of the great thinkers of the 20th century and his work still resonates some 80 years since his death.

Born into a Jewish family on 6 May 1856, in the present-day Czech Republic, Freud, a neurologist, set up his clinical practice in Vienna in 1886. Using a technique called "Free association", in which he encouraged his patients to talk freely without interruption or suggestion, and another known as "Transference", in which patients transfer their feeling from previous relationships onto the relationship with the analyst, Freud made his name as the founder of psychoanalysis, with help from his mentor Josef Breuer (1842-1925). In 1938, Freud and his family fled Vienna for London to escape the Nazis. He died in the British capital in 1939, but many terms attributed to Freud, such as "Oedipus complex", "super ego", "Freudian slip" and "libido", live on.

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The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.

One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.

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